Wild about Verse for kids with RSPB, and Fun Kids

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Earlier in the year, we got together with the Fun Kids digital radio station and the RSPB to champion children’s poetry and creativity on air.

Poetry isn’t just for English students and radio isn’t just for adults, so we created, WildVerse – a children’s poetry competition focusing on the topic of wildlife. Children of three different age groups (under 8, 8-12 and 13+) were invited to submit ‘wild poems’ which could be about a bug, a bird, a tree or any kind of wildlife. Winning entries were selected by artist and poet Rob Ryan and children’s author, Tony Mitton; and will be read out on the Fun Kids radio station next week, between 14th and 17th December.

First place winners in each group won an Evoke D2 by Rob Ryan, while the two runners up in each category won a One Flow internet-connected digital radio.

Tom (age six) from London, won with his “Robins, cockerels, goldfinches and ducks” poem, which Rob Ryan described as “informative and brave”. Clover (age 11) from West Sussex, won with her poem entitled, “Will they ever come back?” while Amy (age 14) from Derbyshire won with her poem, “The unfortunate end of a horse chestnut tree”.

Runners up included: Georgia (age 7) with “Hen Harriers”; Ginny (age 5) with “Wiggly, Wiggly Worm”; Alice (age 13) with “The Fox”; Lily (age 14) with “Colours of Autumn”; Adah (age 10) with “When you go out for a walk” and Helena (age 9) with “Woodlouse”.

We were thoroughly impressed by the writing standards of these literary little’uns so do take 5 minutes to have a listen next week! You can catch Fun Kids here via mobile app/ iPad app/ online/ digital radio or even smart TV.  

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Great stuff really well done.